Pharmacy is the art and science of collecting, combining, preserving, preparing and
standardising drugs and medicines. Pharmacy also includes compounding and dispensing of
the medicines. The word 'Pharmacy' also implies the place, where the medicines are made
Homeopathic Pharmacy is the art and science of collecting, compounding, combining,
preparing, preserving and standardising drugs and medicines according to the homeopathic
principle; and also dispensing medicines or remedies according to the prescriptions of
physicians, which are used in homeopathic practice.
Homeopathic Pharmacy also embraces the legal and professional aspects as also regulates
the proper distribution of drugs and medicines. Dr. Garth Boericke defines Pharmacy as
"The art of preparing drugs for use and dispensing them as medicine".
Homeopathic Pharmacy Includes:
(1) Collection: It implies to gather or procure the
required drug materials.Exotic drug materials are imported from abroad, as they are uot
available in our country.
(2) Identification: Before using for preparations, drug- materials must properly be
identified macroscopically and if' required, microscopically, and chemically also.
Help of a Botanist is taken for proper identification.
(3) Quality Inspecting: Only identification of drugs is not sufficient, one must also be
sure about the quality or the characteristic features of drugs to be used. Proper physical
and analytical procedures must bt. applied to ascertain the quality of drugs, with the aid
of suitable instruments and chemicals respectively and by chromatography also.
(4) Preserving: If required, drugs and medicinal preparations should be properly preserved
in accordance with their properties or specific natures.
(5) Standardisation: Drugs or
medicines so prepared are made to conform some standards, prescribed by" Appropriate
authority and official homeopathic Pharmacopoeia" ; and the process is known as
(6) Combining: It means joining two or more things together. Scientifically the product
of combination may be a "Mechanicall mixture" or "Chemical compound".
(7) Compounding: It means uniting two or more different elements or constituents together
so as to form an altogether new product. This new product will have new properties
different from those of its constituents e.g., Calcarea sulphurica, Magnesia mur., Natrum
ars. etc. This produces, a "Chemical Compound".